About Nubia and Nubian heritage

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Most of the Egyptian Nubian villages are located now in Aswan city. Aswan is located about 899 km south of Cairo. Aswan is a peaceful Nile Valley destination where the Nile is more majestic than anywhere else, flowing through granite rocks, and round emerald islands covered in palm groves and tropical plants. It is considered as the all-time favorite winter destination.

Photo of Nile in Aswan by Omar Handmade 

Making palm leaves baskets is a Nubian heritage that lived for thousands of years. Using date palm leaves and doum palm leaves Nubian women crafted beautiful colorful containers and other items for the household. 

Let's take you on a journey with a few photos showing the making of Nubian baskets

Palm leaves have to dry before women start working them.

and then they are arranged in bundles.

Color of the palm leaves now is yellow to light green

Palm leaves thin strands are braided 

Straw is colored with desired colors.


Braided in long braids and ready to make baskets

Making a natural color basket

Nubian woman making a braid with palm straw

Finally, Nubian baskets became more than a heritage product but it is also now making living for many families and has a huge environmental aspect by using the date palms agricultural waste that was usually dumped or burned.

High-quality Palm products from Omar Handmade are available on Omar Handmade

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